Russia will annex the Kherson region of Ukraine along with the Snigirevsky and Aleksandrovsky districts of the Nikolaev region, said Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the State Duma Committee on State Building and Legislation.
“As for the Kherson region, the borders will also be determined by administrative boundaries, taking into account the decrees of the CAA (military-civilian administration – MT) of the Kherson region on September 20. Here, the Kherson region (includes) Alexandrovsky and Snigirevsky municipal districts of the Nikolaev region, ”said Krasheninnikov (quote by Interfax).
According to him, in these districts “a referendum was also held” on the fate of the Kherson region. In turn, the borders of the DPR and LPR will be determined in accordance with the constitutions of the self-proclaimed republics. “The limits of the territory of the Zaporozhye region are determined by the administrative boundaries of the Zaporozhye region, existing on the day the region was admitted to the Russian Federation,” Krasheninnikov explained.
At the same time, the Kremlin failed to give a clear answer within what borders the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine should be part of Russia. “Partial clarification has come. I will tell you in a less legal language: the LPR and the DPR are within the borders of 2014. Kherson and Zaporozhye – we will continue to consult with the population of these regions on the borders, ”Peskov said (quote by Interfax).
On September 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four regions of Ukraine, which make up 19% of its territory. The accession treaties that he signed with the Russian-appointed heads of the occupied regions state that the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions are part of Russia within their borders on the day of “their formation” and “the day of acceptance” into the Russian Federation.
The Kremlin declined to clarify whether, in this case, the parts of Kherson, Zaporozhye, Lugansk and Donetsk regions controlled by Kyiv are “Russian” after the annexation. “I have nothing more to add now,” Peskov said. He also noted that on October 4, when Putin signs the law on the entry of new territories into the Russian Federation, the wording in the document will remain the same.
Russia does not control any of the annexed regions of Ukraine completely. At the moment, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are advancing in the Lugansk region – the only region that, until recently, the Russian army occupied 100%. Thus, Russia does not have a legitimate and well-defined border, which, according to political scientist Ekaterina Shulman, is one of the signs of a failed state (failed state).